Spring Quarter Class Announcement!

This spring I will be teaching three continuing education classes online, through Seattle Central College.

Travel Courses

Ireland: Beyond the Usual (4/25, 6:30-8:30 PDT, online)

In this course we’ll take a look at historically important sites to visit that don’t have million Euro marketing budgets. Everything from Neolithic passage tombs and stone circles, to castles and monasteries, and sites related to the Celtic Revival. Whether you are planning a trip to Ireland or just enjoy traveling from the comfort of home, I hope you’ll join me for a virtual trip around the Emerald Isle. Updated for 2023. Register Here

Scotland: Beyond the Usual (5/2, 6:30-8:30 PDT, online)

Do you know your Picts from your Gaels? Where can you find Roman ruins in Scotland? Where are Scottish kings buried? We’ll answer these questions as well as discuss which castles are the best to visit and where to find excellent stone circles. As this is a Beyond the Usual course, we won’t be covering golf courses or distilleries – they have large advertising budgets! Updated for 2023. Register Here.

History Courses

Ancient Monuments of Scotland and Ireland (5/9, 6:30-8:30 PDT, online)

Discover the fascinating structures created by people in Scotland and Ireland in the Stone, Bronze, and Iron ages. Passage tombs, stone circles, henges, rock art, dwellings such as crannogs and brochs, we’ll discuss them all. An amazing lost landscape will be revealed! Register Here.

During summer quarter I’m tentatively scheduling the following courses:
The Romans in Scotland (includes a session on the Ancient Celts)
The Picts of Scotland
The Vikings in Scotland and Ireland

Keep an eye out for more information.

Return of the blog and macgeoffster.com

Hello! Just a quick post to announce the return of the blog and the macgeoffster.com website. I’ve been working out of gaelicseattle.com for a while but now that I’m working full time again, I’ve had to reduce class offerings.

Because I’d like to make my many years of educational efforts available to interested persons, I’m developing a new way of making that happen. More will be revealed soon. I hope you’ll stay tuned.

Móran taing!

Fall 2020 offerings!

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AGA and Zero to Gaelic offerings are ‘school year’ programs, so it is best to start at the beginning and not try to join midway through.

Seattle Central and my own classes are quarterly. It may be possible to join at the beginning of each quarter, depending on your skill level with the topic.

Atlantic Gaelic Academy
Information and Registration
Beginners level, 11 AM Pacific (3 hour session), starting September 16
Intermediate 2, 3 PM Pacific (3 hour session), starting September 17

Seattle Central
Information and Registration
Scottish Gaelic 1: 6:30 PM Pacific (8 x 2 hour session), starting October 5 (no class on 11/9)
Ancient Monuments of Scotland & Ireland 9/30/2020 (1 session), 6:30-9:00 PM
Ireland: Beyond the Usual 10/7/2020 (1 session), 6:30-8:30 PM Pacific
Scotland: Beyond the Usual 10/28/2020 (1 session), 6:30-8:30 PM Pacific
the Celts: History, Art, and Mythology 10/14/2020-10/21/2020 (2 sessions), 6:30-9:00 PM Pacific
The Romans in Scotland 11/4/2020 (1 session) 6:30-9:00 PM Pacific

Zero to Gaelic
Information and Registration
Beginners Level. This program meets virtually 2 Saturdays a month for 1.5 hours a session. The time will be 11:30 AM – 1 PM Pacific time. There are 14 sessions total: 10/10/2020, 10/24/2020, 11/14/2020, 11/21/2020, 12/5/2020, 12/19/2020, 1/9/2021, 1/23/2021, 2/6/2021, 2/20/2021, 3/6/2021, 3/20/2021, 4/3/2021, 4/17/2021.

Beginning Conversation
10 Saturday Mornings, 9-11 AM Pacific time, October 10th-December 19th (no class November 7th).
Email me for details.

Summer 2020 Scottish Gaelic Courses

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Normally I don’t have summer courses because everyone (including myself) is usually away. This year is different. I’m offering these Scottish Gaelic classes (all are Pacific Daylight Time):

  • Tuesday morning (10 AM – 12 PM): Beginning Conversation Confidence Builder (Zoom) (6 weeks – just started)
  • Tuesday evening (6:30 – 8:30 PM): Beginning Conversation Confidence Builder (Zoom) (6 weeks – just started)
  • [Now recruiting students] Saturday morning (9 – 11 AM): Beginning Conversation Confidence Builder (Zoom)
  • Thursday evening (7 – 9 PM): Irregular verb review (Intermediate Level) (Skype, could switch to Zoom) (8 weeks – in progress)

While these classes are not designed for absolute beginners, people with some ability with Gaelic should be fine. The Beginning Conversation Confidence Builder is for people who want to become more comfortable asking and answering simple questions. It also serves as a review.

Contact me if these are of interest, or if you are interested in private tutoring options. It is OK to join these courses after they begin. Cost: $25 per 2-hour class (that’s two hours for the price of 1 hour of private tutoring!).

Coming up in the Autumn

In addition to Gaelic courses, the following online history and travel courses are in the pipeline (starting towards the end of September):

  • Scottish Gaelic 1 (Good for absolute beginners) (8 Monday evenings)
  • Ancient Monuments of Scotland and Ireland (1 Wednesday evening)
  • The Celts: History, Art, Mythology (2 Wednesday evenings)
  • The Romans in Scotland (1 Wednesday evening)
  • Scotland: Beyond the Usual (1 Wednesday evening)
  • Ireland: Beyond the Usual (1 Wednesday evening)

These courses are offered online via Zoom so they are available to anyone who can use that platform. Registration will be through Seattle Central College Continuing Education.

In addition, it is possible that the Beginning Conversation classes could continue in the fall. More details to come as we get closer.

More Information

More information is available at:
Website: gaelicseattle.com
Blog/Archive: Geoffrey@Patreon

New way to support my educational work with Gaelic

For those who have enjoyed my classes over the years and would like to see more, perhaps you will consider supporting me on patreon?

Goraidh – A Gaelic Langauge Tutor | Patreon

One of the things that happens when one has a job that pays minimally per hour is that one’s perception of the relationship between effort, needs, and compensation changes. I have spent a lot of time researching, developing, revising, and expanding my Gaelic language, history, and travel courses over the years. I love doing it, but I can’t do it as uncompensated time anymore. Patreon’s way of doing things is new for me, but I hope it can be mutually beneficial.

Let me know what you think?

Le gach dheagh dhùrachdan,

Geoffrey / Goraidh

Goraidh – A Gaelic Langauge Tutor | Patreon


New: Gaelic Language and Culture

I’m offering a new four week class on the language, history, and culture of the Gaelic speaking peoples. The language portion will focus on Scottish Gaelic, but Ireland will be well represented in the other aspects. We can even incorporate Irish language if there is enough interest. The class will be offered once in April and once in early May. For information or registration, here is the link: http://bit.ly/bc-culture.


I am in the process of putting 20+ years of notes into Evernote. It is quite a process, but the goal is to have one place – that is searchable – for everything. Notebooks on a shelf are only so useful. I would like to share some of the things I have in Evernote, but I don’t want to just embed a URL into a note because it is disruptive to the whole blog/response activity because clicking the link takes you out of the window and then requires people to click back in order to comment.

I have yet to find a good solution. Alas.

Learngaelic.net 2014 Advent calendar, to date

Learngaelic.net‘s 2014 Gaelic advent calendar, to date. View on my wordpress blog if the hyperlinks are stripped out.

Mìosachan na Nollaig
a chiad latha – Is mise (1 Dùbhlachd)
an darna latha – Geamhradh (2 Dùbhlachd)
an treas latha – Preusant (3 Dùbhlachd)
an ceathramh latha – Sneachd(a) (4 Dùbhlachd)
an còigeamh latha – Bleideagan Sneachda (5 Dùbhlachd)
an siathamh latha – Bodach-sneachda (6 Dùbhlachd)
an seachdamh latha – Rèin-fhiadh (7 Dùbhlachd)
an t-ochdamh latha – Miotagan (8 Dùbhlachd)
an naoidheamh latha – Sgarfa (9 Dùbhlachd)
an deicheamh latha – Dèideagan (10 Dùbhlachd)
a chiad latha deug – Nollaig (11 Dùbhlachd)
an dàrna latha deug – Craobh Nollaig (12 Dùbhlachd)
an treas latha deug – Solais Nollaig (13 Dùbhlachd)
an ceathramh latha deug – Rionnag (14 Dùbhlachd)
an còigeamh latha deug – Aingeal (15 Dùbhlachd)
an siathamh latha deug – Cairtean Nollaig (16 Dùbhlachd)
an seachdamh latha deug – Cearc-Fhrangach (17 Dùbhlachd)
an t-ochdamh latha deug – Buinneagan Bruisealach (18 Dùbhlachd)
an naoidheamh latha deug – Pòg (19 Dùbhlachd)
am ficheadamh latha – Bodach na Nollaig (20 Dùbhlachd)
a chiad latha air fhichead – Similear (21 Dùbhlachd)
an dàrna latha air fhichead
an treas latha air fhichead
an ceathramh latha air fhichead
an còigeamh latha air fhichead

Beginner’s Gaelic Workshop 1/10/15 in Kirkland; Gaelic Class @ BC (Winter Quarter)


Gaelic Workshop (Kirkland)

Do you need practice with basic conversation / answering simple introductory questions / following or giving instructions, in Gaelic?

I am hosting just such a thing on Saturday, January 10th, 2015 from 1 PM to 4 PM at my house in Kirkland. Cost $30, due upon arrival.

Please PRE-REGISTER by emailing me and letting me know that you’re coming. Space is limited and registration is about half full.

Questions? Email me at macgeoffster [at] gmail.com.

Winter Quarter at Bellevue College (North Campus)

Winter Quarter offers a rare chance to start the Gaelic sequence at the beginning, or continue studying with regular and irregular verbs in the past and future tense. Registration info can be found by clicking here.

Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna Mhath Ùr!

Geoffrey Sammons

Note: We have a giant dog in case allergies are a concern.
Note eile: The text is optional for the BC class. If you don’t have it from Z2G or otherwise, don’t buy it for the BC class.